Political Crisis in Bulgaria: Plevneliev refrains from appointing caretaker government

Written by on December 22, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is leaving the appointment of a caretaker government to his successor Rumen Radev, who will take office on January 22nd, 2017.

Plevneliev, who has appointed two caretaker governments since being sworn in five years ago, stated that Radev had a caretaker cabinet ready. In a televised speech to the nation, the President said, if he received names for a caretaker government from Radev, he would appoint it.

The outgoing President said, he wanted to avoid a situation in which Bulgaria might have ended up with three or four governments within a few months.  

According to the Bulgarian constitution, the main task of a caretaker government is to arrange early parliamentary elections. The latter will not take place before March of 2017, since Plevneliev can not dissolve the parliament during his last months in office, and because the next President will not be in office until the end of January.

Elections are now the only way out of Bulgaria’s political crisis, since three parliamentary groups have returned exploratory mandates for the formation of a government, which were handed out by President Plevneliev. On Tuesday, negotiations between Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB, the Reformist Bloc and the far-right Patriotic Front on the formation of a government failed, reportedly because the radical’s demand for a large increase of Bulgarian pensions was dismissed by the other parties.

For now, Borissov’s government, which was elected during yet another political crisis in November of 2014, remains in place.

More details and reactions to Plevneliev’s decision can be found at The Sofia Globe.

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